What does YMCA Burton-Upon-Trent actually do?
Welcome to our new blog space!
Quite often, first time visitors to our services will say they had no idea we offer as much as we do. So I thought, what better subject for our first blog piece?
We offer 71 housing units to homeless men and women aged 18 to 64 in Burton upon Trent, of all faiths and none.
Whilst they are living with us, our residents are supported by an allocated support and engagement officer and will work with our team of counsellors to help them with any unsolved traumas and issues.
We have a food bank that gave out over 2,000 emergency food parcels out last year. These are people who are working, not working, in-between jobs, families, couples and individuals, ex-servicemen or people leaving prison. The food bank is here for anyone who needs it.
We operate a night shelter during the winter months. This runs alongside our Outreach project – a team made up of volunteers and staff who visit rough sleepers in the East Staffordshire area.
We also offer Mediation, because we believe prevention is better than cure. We try and work with families to keep children at home, where it is safe to do so.
Alongside this work, we go into schools and colleges to educate young people about the realities of being homeless.
Last, but no means least, our furniture distribution shops help people to create a home for less.
Did you know we do all of that?
The aim of our blog is to bring you snippets of news and to tell you about areas of our charity that you might not necessarily find out for yourselves.
We will be inviting our staff, residents, fundraisers, supporters and volunteers to write blog pieces too, bringing you plenty of different viewpoints about our services.
We hope you enjoy it. If you would like to find out any more or discover how you can support the work we do, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.